Tomorrow is the anniversary of the original Iranian revolution, and our friend Kamin Mohammadi has a message for the Moose
On the eve of the anniversary of the Iranian revolution, I wanted to share with you this video and explain it a little.
This song – Morgh Sahar (Bird of Dawn) – is so well known that even I knew growing up as a child in Iran. It dates from the Constitutional Revolution of 1906 and sings of our longing for freedom and democracy for over a hundred years. There is a translation of one of the verses below in case you are interested.
The video has been made by a friend, Ahmad Kiorastami. He is the son of the famous film director Abbas but is not a film-maker, rather a computer genius in California. Mohsen Namjoo is our Bob Dylan and Kiosk rock and they have updated the song and Ahmad has filled the video with symbolic images that refer to the lyrics – drops building up to a flood etc. It also features images of our leaders in this long and frustrated fight for democracy and self-determination, ending with Dr Mossadegh.
Please enjoy and circulate. Tomorrow there will probably be more bloodshed and violence in Iran, but the song and video remind us that this longing for freedom will – must – in the end prevail…
O Morning bird, sadly sing and remind me
Of my pain afresh with a burning sigh
Break this cage and turn it upside down
Wing-tied nightingale, leave the corner of this cage
Compose the song of freedom for mankind… …
And with a breath, set fire to the battlefield
Of the mass of this earth
The cruelty of tyrants and the injustice of huntsmen
Have broken my nest to the winds
O God, O turning globe, O nature
Turn our dark night into dawn…
Turn our dark night into dawn indeed.
Any other bright thoughts during these long dark nights?